Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Your iPad for Real Estate Business

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Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Your iPad for Real Estate Business

By , Guide

I had my iPad the first day possible, and have been working ever since to find the best, easiest and least expensive solutions to do as much with it in my real estate business as possible. Why reinvent the wheel when you can take advantage of my research and testing, as well as the large number if apps I bought but found not to be what I needed.

You'll find some great solutions here to make your iPad a real business tool.

1. First Impressions on Opening the iPad

iPad Display of About.comJim Kimmons

Worse than a kid at Christmas, I met the Fedex person at the truck to get my iPad. Read in this article what comes in the box, as well as my impressions of this amazing Apple product.

2. Printing with the iPad Over the Web

While it would be nice to have a USB port to print locally, you can accomplish this task using an online service called PrinterShare This service is easy to use, with the installation of software on your computer, and the sharing of your attached printers.

3. Using the Pages App on the iPad for Real Estate Documents & Flyers

iPad Pages Flyer TemplateApple

Pages, the iWorks app for word processing is a beautiful solution for anyone who wants an easy to use word processing application that works well with images and tables. And, there's even a template for a real estate listing flyer to get you going quickly.

4. Drawing Real Estate Floor Plans & Vector Drawings on the iPad

FloorPlan with IntaglioJim Kimmons

While there are floor plan apps for the iPhone, none had been designed especially for the larger screen of the iPad when I was looking. I'm glad, as it helped me to find this vector drawing application that not only does my floor plans, but also allows complex drawings for flyers and other marketing materials.

5. Using Evernote for Real Estate Document Management on the iPad

Document ManagementiStockPhoto

I've written about the amazing features and abilities of the Evernote online note capture service. I use it a lot, and now will use it even more. You can email your iPad documents to your Evernote account, pick them up on any computer, and get them back on the iPad when you want.

6. Using an Online Backup Solution for iPad Real Estate Document Management

Backup SolutionsiStockPhoto

I've used Sugarsync for a long time now as my backup solution. It works in the background, making mirror image copies of all of my documents as I change or create them. Now, I also find that it helps me to manage, store, and retrieve my iPad documents.

7. Using the Numbers App on the iPad for Real Estate & Mortgage Calcs

Cost per prospect from a pay per click campaign.® Photo: Jim Kimmons

You can do just about anything you need in a spreadsheet application with Numbers on the iPad. Check out this short article about templates that provide fast and professional client sheets for mortgage comparisons.

8. Keynote for iPad Real Estate Presentations

iPad for Real EstateiStockPhoto

Using Keynote on the iPad to create a presentation is easy, and the ability to resize and rotate images with your fingers is fun as well. But, the huge value lies in the types of presentations you can create, and the professional look when you sit in front of a buyer or seller with the iPad. Learn here also about a cool free app to capture website screen shots to use in your presentations.

9. WordPress for Real Estate on the iPad

People Home Blogging© iStockPhoto

One of the first projects on my new iPad was learning what I needed to know to post to my WordPress blogs on the go. Learn at this short article about the WordPress app for the iPad, as well as how I also post with the browser to my regular admin interface.

10. Voice to Text Conversion Apps for Real Estate on the iPad

In the short article at the link, I give you four ways to get your voice notes out of the iPad via email. Three also convert your voice to text. Learn why I like them all, and which are best for your needs.


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Joe and Molly Murphy
Coldwell Banker - Bradenton, FL
Put our Team to work for your Family

Hey thanks for this great post.  I too was waiting for the fedex truck too!  Appreciate your insights, and I will repost this in my new ipad group.  I am looking forward to exploring your links.

May 07, 2010 07:07 PM #1
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Johnny - Great post and you provided some helpful information.  I am using my iPad for 80% of my daily computing and it continues to impress me.

May 12, 2010 03:11 PM #2
Blatt + Cutino
Keller Williams Coastal Estates - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

I am thinking about an IPAD and am trying to figure out why I need one? I am a PC user and have a laptop and desktop and IPHONE...any thoughts?

May 29, 2010 01:57 AM #3

Hi! Great article for me as I'm just about to become a registered real estate salesperson here in Toronto Canada and I'm loving the possibility of using my new iPad. My question is, does the Numbers app support Canadian style mortgages with semi annual compounding of interest? It looks amazing for presenting a financial outlook to clients, but I'd like to know before I purchase if the included template for mortgage rates works in Canada.

Jun 12, 2010 08:06 AM #4
Ann-Marie Clements
Candidate for an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - Saint John, NB
Ed.D. candidate, Innovative Proactive Principa

Hi Johnny,  I'm bookmarking this, so as soon as my IPad is charged and 1st thing in the morning (way before Breakfast, LOL!) I'm be downloading as many apps as possible...  ;>)))

Jun 26, 2010 02:29 PM #5
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

The iPad is so amazing and there are so many great photo editing apps available for the iPad.

Jun 29, 2010 05:22 PM #6
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Here I am pouring through a really good iPAD Dummies book on my Kindle on my day off and one simple haphazard search on Active Rain later I find this fantastic post geared toward Realtors.  I will be placing a call to you later Johnny to ask more questions about the iPAD as I research it and finish the book and before I purchase it. Do you have any issues with MRIS? What do you use for your contact manager?

Oct 03, 2010 05:19 AM #7
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Hard to believe this post has been out there so long!  And it all sounds Greek to me.

Oct 03, 2010 05:20 AM #8
Brien Berard
Remax Professionals Laurel MD - Laurel, MD
Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate

Not sure what, if any, advantages an Ipad has over a lap top.  I am sure its nice, but yet to see any significant advantage.  And because the price is so high, right now I am leaning towards a new lap top instead.

Dec 14, 2010 11:51 PM #9
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired


What a lot of information!

You did a lot of research for this, and took the time to write it all down



Dec 27, 2010 08:01 PM #10
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Thanks, I've been reading this morning, iPAD in hand with the app store up and running to load up. Very helpful!

Jun 15, 2011 02:53 AM #11
Derek McClintock
C2 Financial - San Diego, CA

just got an IPad, this is great info.  Thank you so much for sharing!

Jan 26, 2012 11:49 AM #12
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